Sometimes it’s hard to put into words how impactful a “break” or change of scenery can make in your life. But that’s the idea! At Apryle Showers, our retreats offer families the much-needed time out to rest, relax, revive and restore. Here are some testimonials that say it better than we ever could…

It has been a trip of R & R – restoration and reconnection.

“We have had the best time … it is now one of my favorite places on earth! It has been a trip of R & R – restoration and reconnection. Restoration for my soul as the beach is my ultimate happy place and reconnection for my husband and I as we are able to enjoy one another without the worries of the huge cancer bubble of doctor appointments, procedures, bills and a little break from the everyday stressors of life – like work for him and laundry, diaper changes, meals etc… for me. We are forever grateful to the Apryle Showers Foundation!!”

-Stephanie Bodine

What an amazing gift after a difficult year fighting cancer.

“Our vacation to Sanibel started with meeting Mindy. She had packed us a cooler and a bag of treats. The cooler had all of our favorite drinks along with fruit and yogurt. The bag had flip flops, candles sunscreen and much more.

We arrived in Sanibel and checked into the beautiful Sundial Resort and Spa. Cathy got us a two bedroom condo with amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico. She was sure to get us hooked up with paddle boarding and kayaking. Both were right on the beach in front of the resort. One of the days Cathy got us set up at the Spa. Tina and Haley got pedicures, while I got a 1 hour massage. Throughout the trip we had a great time. Lots of pictures and making great memories as well as some needed relaxation.

I feel very lucky to have met the people that support Apryle Showers. What an amazing gift after a difficult year fighting cancer. I believe Apryle would be proud of what her friends and family are doing in her name. Thanks Mindy and Cathy for a great getaway with my family. You guys have both been extremely positive. I’m glad you’re on my side as I continue through the fight.”

-Pat Taaffe

What an amazing gift after a difficult year fighting cancer.

“Our vacation to Sanibel started with meeting Mindy. She had packed us a cooler and a bag of treats. The cooler had all of our favorite drinks along with fruit and yogurt. The bag had flip flops, candles sunscreen and much more.

We arrived in Sanibel and checked into the beautiful Sundial Resort and Spa. Cathy got us a two bedroom condo with amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico. She was sure to get us hooked up with paddle boarding and kayaking. Both were right on the beach in front of the resort. One of the days Cathy got us set up at the Spa. Tina and Haley got pedicures, while I got a 1 hour massage. Throughout the trip we had a great time. Lots of pictures and making great memories as well as some needed relaxation.

I feel very lucky to have met the people that support Apryle Showers. What an amazing gift after a difficult year fighting cancer. I believe Apryle would be proud of what her friends and family are doing in her name. Thanks Mindy and Cathy for a great getaway with my family. You guys have both been extremely positive. I’m glad you’re on my side as I continue through the fight.”

-Pat Taaffe

This trip allowed me to… forget about my diagnosis while I was there.

“Thank you so very much Apryle Showers for the getaway and gifts. This trip allowed me to be in a serene environment and to forget about my diagnosis while I was there. I am humbled that you saw me as deserving of such a wonderful gift. You guys are doing selfless work and blessing the lives you touch. Much love!”

-Tina P.

For once, in all of this past year, I had a much needed break.

“It has been such a stressful year trying to manage all of my treatments on top of working. I went through this journey without family or my close friends because I moved to the area shortly before my diagnosis. I wore super hero shirts to my treatment days. I was introduced to the Apryle Showers Foundation by going to a prom, which was my first opportunity to connect with people that truly understood my fight and we danced without judgement with smiles throughout the night.

It’s been hard being able to spend as much time with my son as I wanted to throughout my journey. I had never heard of Hammock Beach Resort. I am thankful for the opportunity to step away from being a “patient” and get to be Jade again. I learned to be thankful more than I have in my life. The things we don’t think about, like someone to carry my luggage and park my car. These things brought light to me because I didn’t have to feel the exhaustion.

Four days full of fun! Jaden and I took this time to laugh and play as much as possible. We sat looking out at the water. He said, “Mom, I love the horizon!” I got to get the first massage of my life! For once, in all of this past year, I had a much needed break. A break from the constant appointments, a break from feeling like I wasn’t enough as one person to get through this all. I am thankful that the Apryle Showers Foundation chose me to have this gift of relaxation. It has truly been a blessing for us.”
Thank you again!

-Jade Nunn

For once, in all of this past year, I had a much needed break.

“It has been such a stressful year trying to manage all of my treatments on top of working. I went through this journey without family or my close friends because I moved to the area shortly before my diagnosis. I wore super hero shirts to my treatment days. I was introduced to the Apryle Showers Foundation by going to a prom, which was my first opportunity to connect with people that truly understood my fight and we danced without judgement with smiles throughout the night.

It’s been hard being able to spend as much time with my son as I wanted to throughout my journey. I had never heard of Hammock Beach Resort. I am thankful for the opportunity to step away from being a “patient” and get to be Jade again. I learned to be thankful more than I have in my life. The things we don’t think about, like someone to carry my luggage and park my car. These things brought light to me because I didn’t have to feel the exhaustion.

Four days full of fun! Jaden and I took this time to laugh and play as much as possible. We sat looking out at the water. He said, “Mom, I love the horizon!” I got to get the first massage of my life! For once, in all of this past year, I had a much needed break. A break from the constant appointments, a break from feeling like I wasn’t enough as one person to get through this all. I am thankful that the Apryle Showers Foundation chose me to have this gift of relaxation. It has truly been a blessing for us.”
Thank you again!

-Jade Nunn

For the first time in months I felt ALIVE.

“Thank you is simply not enough. For the first time in months I felt ALIVE. It was so nice spending time with my husband. Thank you for blessing us. It truly means so much.”

– Jennifer A.

It gave me a chance to step out of the “cancer” shell for a moment.

“We want to thank Apryle Showers for giving us the time to relax and reflect during this difficult time in our lives. I was diagnosed with stage 4 non-smoker lung cancer and so often our days are packed with doctor appointments, scans, waiting, and other medical procedures. Some days can be frustrating and hard to live in the moment! Apryle Showers planned a beautiful weekend at Amelia Island. They even included a beautiful monogrammed bag with all our favorite snacks/drinks and took care of the meals. It gave me a chance to step out of the “cancer” shell for a moment and remember who I was without cancer and reconnect with my family! Thank you to all those who contribute to this beautiful foundation!”

-Laura Rellihan

It gave me a chance to step out of the “cancer” shell for a moment.

“We want to thank Apryle Showers for giving us the time to relax and reflect during this difficult time in our lives. I was diagnosed with stage 4 non-smoker lung cancer and so often our days are packed with doctor appointments, scans, waiting, and other medical procedures. Some days can be frustrating and hard to live in the moment! Apryle Showers planned a beautiful weekend at Amelia Island. They even included a beautiful monogrammed bag with all our favorite snacks/drinks and took care of the meals. It gave me a chance to step out of the “cancer” shell for a moment and remember who I was without cancer and reconnect with my family! Thank you to all those who contribute to this beautiful foundation!”

-Laura Rellihan

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The trip truly gave us something to look forward to when days were challenging.

Upon being notified that we were the recipients of an Apryle Showers blessing, there was a sense of pure joy that came over us.  The trip truly gave us something to look forward to when days were challenging.  The thoughtful phone calls, emails and text messages that led up to the trip were all special.  There was a genuine sense of caring at the other end of the line and everything that went into the planning of the trip was tailored for my family.  All of the people that helped make this trip so wonderful are the true blessing.  There were special gifts hand delivered to us that ranged from a beautiful monogrammed beach bag and hat to special snacks, treats and lunches for the whole family to enjoy.  Apryle Showers anticipated our every need, leaving us worry free for our get away.

 

Our trip to Amelia Island gave us a relaxing time on the beach as a family.  The seclusion allowed us to focus on just us.  It was as though we were swept away to a remote island.  We got to enjoy quiet walks on the beach as the four of us got to laugh and look for seashells.  Waking up and being able to sip my coffee while overlooking the beach was so relaxing.  There were moments I thought I would never feel well again during the winter, and I couldn’t get over the fact that I was getting to enjoy this special weekend with my family.    It made me feel like the winter spent sick in my bedroom was a distant memory.   The kids got to see mom out of bed, laughing, and having much needed fun with them.  Apryle Showers gave us the escape and memories we will always cherish that we wouldn’t have had if not for her.  Apryle Showers gave us a peaceful weekend to just be a family.  We are truly grateful.

– Tisha I.